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The complete list of topics alphabetically listed is below. Each links to their topic pages where you will find the Play List for that topic and links to the blog and column at The Guardian website.

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Numbers and Symbols

1980s 12" Singles        


a capella

accents accidents accordion actors
addresses adolescence adventure advertising advice
Africa afterlife, the afternoon ages aliens
alliteration ambiguous songs ambition America American west


        ancient history
angels anger animals anniversaries anti-Christmas
anti-love anti-work anticipation anxiety apocalypse
apologies arguments arguments, heated army art & photography
art, works of asafaraes ascension Asia assassination
austerity Australia autumn aviation  


B sides

babies and childbirth

bad decisions bad weather bass lines, best
Beatles covers Beatles, solos by beauty beds beer
being alone bells bereavement biblical songs bicycles
birds birthdays black blood blue
bodily fluids books books (2) borders, barriers, walls & fences boredom
brands brass bravery breathing bridges
bright and beautiful Britain brothers and sisters broken promises buildings



call & response Canada capital punishment Caribbean
carnivals & funfairs cars and driving cats celebration celebrity
celestial bodies change change # 2 change of mind character songs
cheating chicken and egg songs children children's songs children performing
chocolate Christmas circles classical songs cleansing
climate change clothes      


coast cocaine & heroin coffee coincidence cold
collaborations and side projects colours comeback songs comics and cartoons coming home
coming of age command or instruct, songs that community companies and corporations concerts
confusion and delusion consolation contentment    
  control cooking covers better than the originals covers by the opposite sex
covers, unlikely cricket crime criminals crosses
crowns cruel songs cry, songs that make you crying curves and spheres


dance styles


dancing, songs that trigger dates dawn, set at
days of the week        
death debuts deception decisive songs deep voices
departures desperation dialogue disappointment disbelief
discordant songs discovery divorce doctors dogs
domestic songs doom doors dreams drinking


ears and hearing eavesdropping eccentric songs elections Elvis
embarrassment end of the world environment escape estimates of distance and time
euphoria Europe, places in excess exile extraordinary vocals
eyes and sight        


faces failure fairgrounds faith falling
false endings falsetto, songs with fame, effects of famous last words famous people
fantasy farm produce farming fashion fate & destiny
fathers fear (see also being scared and scary songs) feet feminism fetishes
fictional places fighting films, inspired by or about films, redefined by films, recorded for
finish where they begin finishing fire firsts and lasts fish


flavour flirting flowers flute, pipe or whistles flying
food fools foreign language versions forests forgetting
forgiveness forgotten follow-ups freedom French songs fresh starts
Friday & Saturday friendship fruit funerals funny songs
futility future, the      


gambling games gardens gases genre switch
geology geometrical shapes      
getting older ghosts gifts and giving girl's names glamour & style
glass God and the Devil gold goodbyes gossip
greed green guests, special guilt and apology guns




handclaps hands hangovers
hatchet jobs hats healing heart, the heat
heat # 2 heaven and hell hero worship hidden tracks historical events
historical figures hobbies holes holidays home
homelessness homosexuality hope and resilience horses hospitals
hotels hunting      


I Am Songs

illness immigrants & refugees impermanence indecipherable songs
independence infidelity inheritance innuendo insects
instrumental soundtracks instrumentals instruments, musical instruments, odd sounds and insulting songs
intelligence interlopers internet intriguing narratives (see also storytelling) intros, impressive
intros, surprising Ireland iron and steel ironic songs islands
itinerants and migration        

J, K


Jesus jokes Jones and Joneses journalism
joyous songs justice keys and locks kindness kissing
knives knowledge      


la, songs that go last night laughter law enforcement laziness
leadership leaving left or right lessons in life letters, emails, etc.
lies light limbo list songs literary songs
London long songs long titles losers love, devoted
love, falling in love, first love, unrequited luck lust


machinery, industry & technology

machines, robots & computers

magazines magic making things
mammals man or woman, being a manual labour marriage meals and mealtimes
meat melancholy songs memory men, named after men's names
mental illness Mexico & Central America middle eights, great midnight minimalist songs
miracles mirrors misanthropic songs misheard, nonsense or inaudible lyrics missing someone
mistaken identity mistakes misunderstanding    


modernity money monkeys and apes monsters mood-changing music
moon morning songs mothers motorbikes mountains
movie and TV stars moving on Mr. and Mrs. multilingual songs murder
music genres music industry musically adventurous myths & legends  


na-na-hey-hey songs narcissism nature neighbours nerds and geeks
never New England new year songs New York newspapers
night & darkness nightclubs nightmares noise Nordic Countries
Northern England nostalgia nuclear war numbered 1-10 numbers


obstacles odd couples old age one (the number)

one hit wonders

one night stands one word titles opening album tracks opposites optimistic songs
orchestral string instruments organ, songs featuring other musicians other songs out of tune
overturning the odds        

P, Q


parties and going out

pathos patterns & sequences peace
percussion, outstanding pets philosophers photographs piano songs, best
please & thank you poetry, inspired by police politicians politics, left wing
positive songs poverty power precious stones prisons
procrastination promises and choices prostitution protest proverbs
pubs and bars purple queens questions  




rain rallying cries recipe songs
reckless consumption records recovery red refusal
regrets rejection relaxation & leisure religion remembrance
repetition reptiles resistance    
  resolutions, new restaurants & cafÚs resurrection retrospection
revenge reversing revolution rhymes, unusual riffs
rivers roads and streets rodents roots royalty
running rural songs Russia    


safety and danger saints and martyrs sampling and recycling saxophone schadenfreude


scared, being (see also fear) scary songs school science
sci-fi and space Scotland screams, howls, grunts & shrieks sea, the secrets
secrecy seduction

self-referential songs

separation September
sexy songs shadows Shakespeare sharp objects ships and boats
shoes shopping short songs showing off shyness
siblings silence sinners skin sky
sleep and insomnia small things smells smiling and laughing smoking
smuggling and stealing so bad they're good social class    


songs songs that build songwriting sound effects South America
space specific or obscure places speed spiritual songs spoken word
sport Spring spying star signs starting over
startling songs stick it to the man stiff upper lip stops and starts storytelling (see also intriguing narratives)
strangers stupidity suburbia summer sun, the
super solos superheroes surreal songs surveillance survival
sweary songs sweet foods sweetness    


talking, songs that contain taxis teachers teenage self, songs for teenagers
telephones television ten words or fewer theatre three
time, passage of times of day tiredness tools towns, named after
toys trains trash travelling treachery & betrayal
trees, grass and flowers truth TV themes twist, songs with a two - part 1
two - part 2        

U, V

unemployment uncertainty unity unsettling songs upbeat break-up
upbeat breakup # 2 US cities & states US Presidents Valentine's Day Songs vegetables
vibrato, tremolo or oscillations vices, secret victory villains villages
vim violence visitors volunteering  

W, X, Y, Z

walking and running wanting to be someone else war warnings water
wealth weddings weekend, the Welsh songs whimsical songs
whisky whispering songs wilderness wind wine
winners winter with or without you songs without a chorus women, named after
words work yellow Yorkshire youth cults

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